The multi-award winning 21 year old expression is another established favourite in the Glenfarclas core range of aged-statement whiskies.
Nose: Soft sherry with a touch of smoke. Honey, toffee, raisins and prunes (all as you might expect), but with some thought-provoking additions: Green apple and a certain light herbalness mixes really well with some light smoke (could be peat, could be cask char – I’m really not sure) and prominent ginger spicing. A zesty fresh orange note which runs throughout gives way to some light varnish and leather showing off a few of the aged characteristics of this whisky. A bit of resting time in the glass reveals some malty undertones and a touch of eucalyptus.
Taste: A great arrival (which is only improved by a period of resting) offering silkiness and a substantive mouth-feel. Toffee apples and zesty lemon with ginger spice and well integrated vanilla cream. Again, there’s a hint of eucalyptus/mint which sits alongside some herbal and earthy notes. Polish and leather and in the background and there’s just a touch of struck match (which in this instance I rather enjoy).
Finish: Long with a lovely level of astringency and ginger spicing.
Glenfarclas 21 year old is a real highlight in the distillery’s line-up of expressions – it’s flavoursome, very well put together, and extremely balanced. It’s not a sherry-bomb, but offers just enough sherry to those who want it, whilst a variety of other interesting aromas, tastes and inflections for those seeking more. At just a shy under £90, this offers great value for the quality of the liquid and experience.